Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Today's Google Doodle teaches you to scratch and mix turntables

Today's Google Doodle teaches you to scratch and mix turntables

THE INQUIRER DOES NOT REPORT on Google Doodles as a rule, but rules are meant to be broken, so today with all the swagger we can muster we are going to celebrate its celebration of hip hop.

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Hip hop music is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping.

Google wanted to create a Doodle that also tapped hip-hop's musical roots, so they traveled, too, to 1520 Sedgwick the Bronx, where the Jamaican-born teenager DJ Kool Herc first played the instrumental "breaks" of songs at that famed back-to-school jam.

MC's, or master of ceremonies, would take those "break beats" and rap and rhyme over them to make the party more hype.

A panel from Ed Piskor's "Hip Hop Family Tree".

Forty-four years after hip hop was "invented", the Google Doodle interface allows users across the world to try out DJ methods with two interchangeable turntables, a moveable BPM count and a crossfade function.

Let us know what you think of the doodle!

Introduced with a tutorial video narrated by hip hop icon Fab 5 Freddy, the Doodle on the homepage features a custom logo designed by graffiti artist Cey Adams.

You can scroll through these records on the right-hand side of the record box and select a track by clicking the record. Hip Hop is not just confined to music and dance but has gradually evolved into an art and style.

On the Google Doodle webpage, he said: "It all started in the NYC Bronx, more commonly known as the Boogie Down Bronx".

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

"Hip-hop was disruptive", continued Cohen.

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